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Rainer Hünecke - Das protestantische Schuldrama. Rhetorik im Dienste der Popularisierung von Konfession
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Das protestantische Schuldrama. Rhetorik im Dienste der Popularisierung von Konfession
The institution of school drama is a milestone both in the establishment of urban bourgeois culture and in the popularization of denomination during the period of the 16th through the 18th century. Being an obligatory part of any higher education at school, school theater was a Pan-European phenomenon. Starting with the Reformation in Germany, school drama had gotten involved in denominational dispute. The example of a school drama from the 17th century will show how the typecasting and type characterization of dramatis personae was used to reinforce denominational identity. This ranges from the typecasting of characters by way of their speech acts in the regional dialect through the number and length of turns in dialogues on to mutual personal denigration by the dramatis personae.
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